The Sisters Helping Sisters Initiative (S.H.S.I.)

We See You | We Hear You | We Stand With You

This is a COVID-19 initiative to support Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and

Non-binary Sisters in the County of Queens, and the surrounding Metroploitan Area.

The Sisters Helping Sisters Initiative (S.H.S.I.) seeks to bring some immediate change around food inequality for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-binary sisters in the County of Queens, and the surrounding Metropolitan Area. We will do this by packing boxes of 30 to 40 pounds of fresh produce, other groceries items, hygiene products, and PPE weekly and delivering to consumers who apply for S.H.S.I.

In addition, we will also provide free case management, counseling services, workforce development services, housing assistance, educational services, and referral services to all consumers.

“The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has the world to a grinding halt. Many businessess are closed or closling, resulting in thousands of workers being left jobless. A large majority of our sisters are in these circumstances, living paycheck to paycheck and for a number of reasons, majority do not qualift for unemployment benefits or other government aid. THEY ARE CURRENTLY LEFT STRANDED. OUR SISTERS ARE IN NEED OF HELP NOW!”

 Dr. Gennifer Herley, PhD | Founder & Exective Direcctor | TransNewYork


Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Non-binary Individuals Served Weekly

Family Meals Provide Weekly

Pounds of Food Distributed Weekly

This community initiative delivers high-density, nutritious grocesires to Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Non-binary individuals in the County of Queens and surrounding Metroplitan area.

Each week this The Sisiters Helping Sisters Initiative (S.H.S.I.) packs and delivers grocery packages that ensure they have enough food to last through the week. What makes our packages unique, is the realistic balance of vital ingresients that meet every consumers’ need.

     Each package incudes the following:

     -2 to 3 pounds of grains

     -Milk (nut or cow)


     -Fresh fruits


     -Pan Dulce

     -Toiletries (feminine hygiene products, diapers, toilet paper)






Please donate any amount, TransNewYork, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity corporation. 

TransNewYork’ mission is to bring awareness to the issues facing the transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary communities. Furthermore, it is our mission to give guidance and support to individuals and their loved ones within an open and safe environment.




The cost of 1 grocery box is $40.00 for 30-40 pounds of food. This will ensure a Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and or Non-binary individual is food for a week.


We have multiple ways you can contribute as a volunteer. This wounldn’t be possible without feet on the ground, and compassionate people like you working together as a team. (Packing, Driving, Verification, Administration, and Managemnt roles)

We will provide you with PPE and our approved safety protocols. So get involved in this community effort!


Who Will Qualify For Support?

  • Any Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Non-binary individual
  • Must live or stay in the County of Queens and or the surrounding Metropolitan Area (notice: this initiative will prioritize community members of the County of Queens)
  • Can be of any age
  • Can have and or not have children
  • Do not qualify for goverment assistance or unemployment

TransNewYork has formed a Strategic Relationship with The Connected Chef

As a result of this Strategic Relationship, TransNewYork will use The Connected Chef’s Operational and Disbtribution Center in Long Island City to pack and distribute our weekly food deliveries.

Chef Kim Calichio

Chef Kim Calichio

Founder & Exective Director

“I’m Kim Calichio, professional chef and founder of The Connected Chef. I’ve trained with world-class chefs and worked in top NY restaurants. I live & breathe cooking.


I started The Connected Chef to help connect families to each other through food and to connect kids to eating wholesome foods through classes that focus on the fun of gardening, cooking.”